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ASSIGNMENT: The Scopes trial is most commonly remembered as a dramatic clash between those who believed in evolution and those who believed that God created the world in seven days. However, the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial was, in fact, more complicated. How was the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial more complicated than a simple debate between evolutionists and creationists?
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How does the textbook describe man's evolutionary relationship to other animals? Why might the supporters of the Butler Act oppose such a theory?
What do you think Mrs. Sparks would find offensive about this textbook passage?
Why did many people in Tennessee support the Butler Act, which forbade the teaching of evolution?